At a glance
- Property code: SH01ST
- Area: Dumfries & Galloway
- Sleeps: 4
- Bedrooms: 2
- Bathrooms: 1
- Dogs allowed: Yes
Shelduck Cottage - Southwick, Sandyhills
Holiday property description
Discover the breathtaking scenery and wildlife that's typical of South West Scotland, with a stay at RSPB Mersehead Reserve. Stroll along the nature trails and use the viewing hides to explore at your own pace. Spring is particularly magical, when the wet meadows fill with lapwings and skylarks, not to mention butterflies and wild flowers. You might also see a roe deer. And in the autumn, thousands of barnacle and pink-footed geese start to arrive for the winter, creating a not-to-be-missed spectacle.
This pair of cosy semi-detached cottages are located in the heart of this renowned reserve which is a Visit Scotland 4 star wildlife experience, famous for its waterfowl. There are plentiful opportunities to explore the local area including the historic Sweetheart Abbey at nearby New Abbey, Caerlaverock Castle with its unusual triangular floor plan and Moat Brae in Dumfries, where J M Barrie wrote Peter Pan. Leisure pursuits in the area include plentiful golfing opportunities with the Southerness Links Championship course and many other 18 hole and 9 hole golf courses available nearby. The Forestry Commission 7Stanes Mountain Bike Trails are located throughout the region at Dalbeattie Forest and also in Dumfries at both Mabie & Ae Forests, a little further afield are the trails in the Galloway Forest Park (Britain's first designated Dark Sky Park). There are plethoras of walking opportunities including beach, cliff top, forest and for those who seek something more strenuous, hill walks. Course and sea fishing are readily available throughout the area.
More information at: http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/m/mersehead/index.aspx .
Post Code: DG2 8AH
Security Deposit £150
'53 species of bird seen on the reserve this time. The weather was kind, sunny but a little cool, and no rain. Spent most of the first Sunday developing our watercolour skills thanks to the expert tuition of Jenny. No Barn Owls to be seen this time, shame.' The Collins March 2016
'Lovely holiday, weather coolish but cottage warm and cosy. Great views of a Tawny Owl when we were driving back along the Reserve road one evening and also a badger. Barnacle geese in field behind Shelduck, in the mornings Osprey and Red Kite at Threave Wildlife Refuge and enjoyed views of Red Squirrel in the Threave Garden hides' Mr and Mrs Egan, March 2016
'At last we've stayed at the reserve! Absolutely wonderful being to close to the Barnacle geese and able to see them from our bed! Good weather, massive blue skies, we'll be back! Henderson Family, March 2017
'Wonderful, relaxing break. Fantastic wildlife especially male Hen Harriers. Beautiful weather over the weekend with glorious sunrises' Key Family, February 2016
Accommodation for 4 on one floor: Lounge/dining room; kitchen, bathroom with shower over bath; one double bedroom; one twin bedroom.
Services: Electric heating * Open fire (fuel provided) * Bed linen and towels included * Washing machine * Fridge/freezer * Electric cooking * Microwave * T.V with DVD * NO SMOKING * Dogs welcome*
EXTRAS: £20 per dog/week
Additional accommodation is available next door in Barnacle Cottage (BA05ST)
How to find us
Rspb Mersehead Reserve
Dumfries & Galloway
Shelduck Cottage - Southwick, Sandyhills
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Sofa Beds 0
Single Beds 2
Double Beds 1
Shelduck Cottage Reviews
4 star reviewNice location. Pleasant cottage. Electric storage radiators only managed 17 degrees centigrade warmth at best for non coal fire making household. This was 2nd week of April so winter might not be the best time to stay! RSPB reserve is a grand place to stay and the voluntary wardens are friendly people to meet!
5 star reviewCottage has been upgraded with new carpets, bedding etc making it more comfortable than it was. The heating was on when we arrived making it warm as well as comfortable. Cooking facilities also improved. Together with an excellent site this made for a most enjoyable weeks stay.Great to hear that you approve of the maintenance carried out on this property! We hope you'll consider staying again!
4 star reviewI have rated four stars because, although the property was in reasonable condition, there were one or two slight issues with it that I thought could have been improved. The cottage is in a beautiful remote location which I enjoyed very much, being a nature and wildlife lover. However, although cosy, comfortable and warm, we had trouble locking the door which was a real inconvenience. It was also slightly shabby in terms of decor, although I would stress that it was very clean, so I had no qualms on that score.The cottage has a super location and it is great to hear how much you enjoyed it. RSPB are undertaking a programme of upgrade tot he cottages and your comments will be drawn to their attention.
2 star reviewCottage was as described , plenty of room for 2...The cottage has signs of damp i.e. wet kitchen wall and chimney in living room, not sure how this would stand up in the winter??RSPB do take great interest in the cottage and these items will be checked as part of normal maintenance